WPPI 2019: A Quick Look at the New Profoto B10


A few years ago (I won’t say how many), I bought a set of three studio monolights. They are big, heavy, plug into a wall, and come in a case that makes me look like I am a hockey goalie traveling for an away game. I spent a lot of money on these premium lights, and they still work great to this day. But, one trip to B&H’s Profoto display at this year’s WPPI and a few minutes with the Profoto B10 battery-powered light is making me wonder how much I can hock my old lights for on a local street corner.

Profoto B10 OCF Flash Head

Unless you have been hiking across Antarctica for the past few years, you know that advances in battery technology have been changing the way we—well, the way we do just about everything. Not immune to these developments is the lighting world, where you can now get studio-quality strobe lighting in battery-powered, ultra-portable form.

Not much bigger than your premium 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom, a single Profoto B10 is designed for the location photographer who needs not only a powerful 250Ws strobe, but luminous continuous lighting for video, as well. You can mount the light on a stand, or just hold the thing in your hand—try that with the studio lights of yesteryear, if you can find a place to plug them in!

The interface on the rear B10 is sleek and simple—super intuitive—and, new from Profoto, you can control your B10 with a Profoto app on your smart device. You can also control it with your existing Profoto AirTTL remote, of course.

For a more in-depth look at the B10, please check out this link. And stay tuned to B&H Explora for more WPPI news right from the show floor!